In the Pinks, an Easy Baby Quilt Pattern

  • 01 of 07

    About In the Pinks Baby Quilt

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    Baby Quilt Pattern, In the Pinks Baby Quilt, Designed in Electric Quilt v6. © Janet Wickell

    In the Pinks is an easy baby quilt with lots of visual texture running across its surface. The quilt is made from two traditional quilt blocks, Broken Dishes and a variation of the Hour Glass (somewhat different from my other Hour Glass Pattern).

    The quilt blocks are set on point and surrounded by setting triangles and corner triangles. One fabric is repeated in both blocks to tie them together, but other block fabrics are unique. A narrow border separates the block top from the outer border.

    Not...MORE into pinks? You can change this baby quilt dramatically by choosing different fabrics. See page 7 for a completely different look.

    Quilt & Component Sizes

    • Block Finished Size: 9" x 9"
    • Quilt Finished Size: Approximately 44" x 57"

    Yardages

    Fabric should have a minimum usable width of 42". A little extra yardage is always a good idea.

    Corner and Setting Triangles

    Mottled pink print; includes a small amount of fabric used for small pink squares in Hour Glass quilt block.

    • 5/8 yard

    Inner Border

    Light pink print; includes print used in half square triangles in Broken Dishes block.

    • 7/8 yard

    Outer Border

    Medium lavender plaid-like print; includes fabric used in half square triangles in Broken Dishes block and small squares in Hour Glass block.

    • 1-1/2 yards

    Remaining Block Fabrics

    Light pink geometric/floral print for half square triangles in Broken Dishes

    • 1/2 yard

    Yellow/pink plaid-like print for half square triangles in Broken Dishes

    • 1/2 yard

    Yellow/pink floral print for half square triangles in Hour Glass

    • 1/2 yard

    Lavender/yellow floral for small squares in Hour Glass

    • 1/4 yard

    Backing & Batting

    Assumes you will sew on a traditional binding.

    Each should measure about 48" x 61"

    Binding

    About 210 running inches made from long strips of fabric. For best durability, use doublefold binding.

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  • 02 of 07

    Make Broken Dishes Quilt Blocks for the Baby Quilt

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    Make the Broken Dishes Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    The Broken Dishes quilt block is made up of four half square triangle units. These instructions use the sandwich method, but there are other ways to construct them. Change cutting instructions as needed if you use another method.

    You'll make twelve Broken Dishes quilt blocks, each with a finished size of 9" square.

    Refer to the illustration on page 5 for a close-up of fabrics.

    Cutting Instructions

    Cut two 5-3/8" x 42" strips of each fabric below; cut twelve 5-3/8" x 5-3/8"...MORE squares from each fabric:

    • Pink/yellow plaid-like fabric
    • Medium lavender plaid-like fabric
    • Light pink (floral/butterfly) print
    • Pink geometric/floral print

    Assemble the Broken Dishes Quilt Block

    1. Combine a pink/yellow "plaid" square with a light pink floral/butterfly print square. Use the quick pieced half square triangle method to create two half square triangle units from the pair. Each completed unit should measure 5" x 5". Chain piece to speed things along.
    2. Repeat, combining all remaining pairs of the same two fabrics to make a total of twenty-four identical half-square triangle units.
    3. Combine each medium lavender "plaid-like" square with a pink geometric print square to create a total of twenty-four identical half-square triangle units. Each should measure 5" x 5".
    4. Sew the units together in two rows, each row containing two different half square triangle units. Be sure to position squares so that triangles are oriented as shown in the illustration.
    5. Sew the units in each row together as shown here and on page 5. Press seam allowance towards the darker fabric. Sew rows together, butting center seam for a snug fit. The quilt block should measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2".
    6. Make a total of twelve identical quilt blocks.
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  • 03 of 07

    Make Hour Glass Quilt Blocks for the Baby Quilt

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    Make the Hour Glass Quilt Blocks. © Janet Wickell

    The Hour Glass quilt block is made up of two identical four-patch units and two identical half-square triangle units. You'll make six Hour Glass quilt blocks.

    Refer to the illustration on page 6 for a close-up of fabrics.

    Make Half Square Triangle Units

    Cut one 5-3/8" x 42" strip of each fabric below; cut six 5-3/8" x 5-3/8" squares from each strip:

    • Yellow/pink floral fabric
    • Light pink floral print fabric

    Pair a yellow/pink square with a medium lavender square. Use the quick...MORE piecing method again to create two half square triangles from the pair. Each completed unit should measure 5" x 5".

    Repeat to make a total of twelve identical half-square triangle units.

    Make Four-Patch Units

    Cut one 2-3/4" x 35" strip from each of the following fabrics.

    • Medium lavender "plaid-like" fabric
    • Mottled pink print (same as setting triangles)

    Cut two 2-3/4" x 35" strips from the following fabric.

    • Lavender/yellow floral (illustrated as mauve/gray)

    Sew Four Patch Units

    1. Sew a lavender "plaid" strip lengthwise to a lavender/yellow floral strip. Press the seam allowance towards the lavender/yellow strip.
    2. Square up one end of the strip set and then cut twelve 2-3/4" segments from it.
    3. Sew a mottled pink strip lengthwise to a lavender/yellow floral strip. Press the seam allowance towards the lavender/yellow strip.
    4. Square up one end of the strip set and then cut twelve 2-3/4" segments from it.
    5. Combine two unlike 2-3/4" segments to make a four-patch unit, placing the lavender/yellow florals diagonally from each other. Press seam allowance either direction.
    6. Repeat to make a total of twelve four-patch units.
    7. Create two rows for each block, positioning units as shown in the illustration. Press seam allowances towards the half square triangle units.
    8. Sew block halves together. Make six blocks. Each should measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2".
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  • 04 of 07

    Assemble the In the Pinks Baby Quilt

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    Arrange the quilt blocks and other components in diagonal rows. © Janet Wickell

    In the Pinks is an on point quilt, and that means we'll sew components in diagonal rows.

    Cut Corner & Setting Triangles

    Beginning quilters: learn why we use two types of cutting methods for corner and setting triangles.

    • Cut two 7-1/4" x 7-1/4" squares from mottled pink fabric. Cut each square in half once diagonally to make corner triangles.
    • Cut three 14" x 14" squares from mottled pink fabric. Cut each square in half twice diagonally to make setting triangles.

    Arrange Baby...MORE Quilt Components

    Use a design wall to arrange blocks, or improvise by tacking a piece of batting or neutral flannel onto a wall. A vertical view of the quilt will help you arrange components and the blocks should stick to the wall without pins, making it easy to shift them around.

    1. Use the illustration on this page and on page 1 to arrange your quilt blocks, placing them on point and in diagonal rows as shown. Place large setting triangles at the ends of each row, but don't worry about the corner triangles yet.
    2. Step back and look at the quilt. Do you like the layout? If not, rearrange the blocks and check again. You might decide to orient your blocks differently than mine -- make the four patch units point up instead of down or flip-flop the Broken Dishes blocks.
    3. When you're satisfied with the layout, sew components of each row together.
    4. Sew rows to each other, pressing seam allowances between blocks in opposite directions where possible for a snug fit.
    5. Sew a corner triangle to each corner of the quilt. Press the quilt.

    Add Borders & Finish

    See my instructions for straight borders before you begin.

    1. Make inner borders from 2-1/2" wide strips of the light pink print.
    2. Add outer borders using 4-1/2" wide strips of the lavender print.
    3. Press the quilt and mark for quilting if necessary.
    4. Sandwich with batting and backing and baste layers together. Quilt the quilt.
    5. Trim excess batting and backing, squaring up edges (and corners) very carefully if necessary.
    6. Make doublefold binding strips and bind the quilt.
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  • 05 of 07

    Broken Dishes Block Close-Up

    Broken Dishes Quilt Block
    Broken Dishes Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    A close-up image of the Broken Dishes quilt blocks used to assemble this baby quilt.

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  • 06 of 07

    Hour Glass Quilt Block Close-Up

    Hour Glass Quilt Block
    Hour Glass Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    A better look at the Hour Glass quilt blocks used to assemble the baby quilt.

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  • 07 of 07

    Change the Theme of Your Baby Quilt

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    This baby quilt uses different fabrics for an entirely different look. © Janet Wickell, created in EQ v6

    This quilt, in Civil War style prints, looks very different than its pastel counterpart.

    It's easy to change In the Pinks to suit an entirely different theme.